Q2 2024

SME News Q2 2024/ 60 The Southeast’s Trusted Property Experts Cubitt & West Estate Agents is all about helping its customers to move forward in their lives. Going that extra mile to make sure that a flawless experience is afforded to all, the team here consists of exceptionally talented individuals who drive the business forward and empower it to achieve lasting success and nurture a positive working environment, which, in turn, allows Cubitt & West to provide a remarkable service. Named as the Leading Estate & Letting Agency 2024 - South East England, we speak with Group Managing Director, Aldo Sotgiu to find out more. Cubitt & West has been helping families across Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire to move house for generations now, leveraging its tailored service approach to yield the best results for renters and property owners alike. Boasting more than 100 locations across the region, Cubitt & West is proud to be part of the largest independent estate agent in the Southeast, continuously solidifying its status as the goto trusted property expert from Welling to Portsmouth and everywhere in between. The team at Cubitt & West recognise that moving house is a huge milestone and can be a stressful time, which is why they strive to help their customers achieve a happy and confident move. Combining the skills of its quality agents with an award-winning training team that all work in house, this estate and lettings agency has become synonymous with dedication, not only to the industry itself, but also to the wider community, of which it is proud to be a valued member. Such a commitment to giving back can be seen in the agency’s partnering with charities, partaking in fundraising events, and supporting local initiatives. Aldo tells us, “in 2022, we raised and donated £1 million for Barnardo’s children’s charity with the help of our agents and customers”, and the team have raised more than £16M in total for charities over the past 20 years. The close community ties it has and the strong relationships it forges with customers have resulted in Cubitt & West becoming the area’s top-performing agency. From selling or letting to renting and buying, Cubitt & West is on hand to guide and advise through every stage of a property journey, with its services even extending to brand new homes and land purchases. Then there is the company’s in-house mortgage teams and advisors who scan the entire market to find the best deal, a process aided by its vast network across the Southeast of England that allows customers to move freely between its agents, all with seamless communication. On the back of this, Cubitt & West is today able to agree a sale every 16 minutes. To drive this home, Aldo explains, “our agents have been sharing how excited they are by challenging each other to complete actions within 16 minutes, like cycling from one monument to another and competing in a hot dog eating contest.” Of course, it is not all fun and games, and the company is working towards some serious goals that benefit the environment, such as reducing paperwork by introducing electronic signatures for listings. The team are also taking steps to help customers find their footing on the property ladder, something that is becoming increasingly difficult as a result of external factors such as the rising cost of living. Aldo provides an example of this, stating, “we recently introduced an initiative for new houses and flats where key developers sign up to a scheme whereby any discount against the new home is used to reduce the interest rate by up to 4%, making it much more affordable for buyers.” When it comes to what the future has in store for Cubitt & West, Aldo is confident that the agency will succeed in its aim of continuing to simplify the process of buying a house, a goal it is currently attempting to attain by working with soliciting firms to make shared information easier to access, further streamlining the process. Then there is the possibility of technological integration, particularly VR, which means that customers would be able to book virtual viewings, making the process more convenient for all involved. Ever since its doors opened back in the 1930s, Cubitt & West Estate Agents has been providing positively memorable experiences for those looking to buy, sell, let, or rent properties in the Southeast of England. In doing so, it has solidified its position at the forefront of the region’s property market and is more than deserving of this recognition. Contact Details Company: Cubitt & West Estate Agents Web Address: www.cubittandwest.co.uk